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Candied Maple Bacon

When the words candied and bacon occur together in one sentence the outcome can only be one of sheer bliss. This Candied Maple Bacon is scrumptious served for breakfast, brunch, on burgers and salads.

Candied Maple Bacon

Easy Candied Maple Bacon Recipe

Bacon Nation is passionate about their love of bacon. Their motto is “Everything is better with bacon.” I completely concur. There are only three ingredients standing between you and Candied Maple Bacon boasting some serious candied bacon love. One bite and you’ll be hooked. The keys to success with this recipe is to use pure and only pure maple syrup. The quality of the maple syrup affects the taste and color of the bacon giving it a deep amber color. Maple syrup is generally sold in 3 grades light, medium or dark amber. I used medium amber pure maple syrup for this recipe. Read the label so that you’ll know what you’re working with and adjust, if needed.

Candied Maple Bacon

 How to Make the Best Candied Maple Bacon Recipe

In addition to choosing the best maple syrup for making candied bacon it’s also important to adjust the baking time, when needed. You should adapt how long the bacon is baked according to the thickness of the bacon used and how hot your oven bakes. Candied bacon is sometimes called pig candy, regardless of the name it’s an indulgent over-the-top treat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Candied Maple Bacon: One pound center cut bacon, pure maple syrup and light brown sugar.
  • To make candied bacon you’ll need an oven safe baking rack and a rimmed baking pan to catch the drippings.
  • It’s helpful to line the pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up after the fact.
  • Expect some of the bacon pieces to char slightly, that’s perfectly normal and only adds to the flavor overall.
  • This is one of those moments you need to go for the gold and use real maple syrup. No artificially flavored syrup will do.
  • You can make candied maple bacon and leave it a room temperature until serving. Store it in the refrigerator separated by wax paper for up to 2 weeks. The bacon will soften once chilled.
  • Use this candied bacon as a special topping on salads, mixed into desserts, to top sandwiches or as a side with eggs and pancakes for breakfast or brunch.

Candied Maple Bacon

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Candied Maple Bacon

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied-maple-bacon
Servings: 16 servings (may vary)
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 lb center cut bacon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup [recommend medium amber]
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. To assist with clean-up cover the bottom of a baking sheet with aluminum foil and fit a baking rack into the baking pan.
  • Spritz the rack liberally with cooking spray.
  • Brush each bacon strip with maple syrup then sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Place on the rack without touching and repeat brushing with maple syrup and covering with brown sugar on the opposite side.
  • Bake for 15 minutes then turn and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes [depending on the thickness of the bacon, watch carefully] or until crisp.
  • Remove immediately from the baking rack onto parchment paper and lay flat to cool.
  • Do not stack.


If you choose to use dark brown sugar, watch carefully for over cooking due to the high molasses content.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 85mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 3 stars
    Accidentally went Off recipe and tried too much syrup and not enough bacon. It was tooo much glaze & i was asked not to make it next time.

    1. Please follow the recipe for the best results without doing too much or too little of anything and it will be 5 stars.

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